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Dec 21, 2012 7:00pm PST
, but tokyo's ambassador says the three countries are too distant from china's position to permit dialog. >>> the u.n. general assembly has adopted a resolution about north korea's human rights violations. the document expresses serious concern about what it describes as systemic and or systematic and widespread human rights violations. they include torture and public executions. the text also urges the north korean government to resolve the abduction of japanese citizens and other foreign nationals. a north korean diplomat has dismissed the document as political fabrication. >>> it's certainly not up to the minute, but state-run media has been much faster in reporting the results of south korea's presidential election than they've been in the past. the brief reports thursday, the day after the election, and friday. they say park of the conservative ruling party had won a tight race by a small margin. compare that with what happened five years ago. north korea waited to report the results 2 1/2 months after election day. analysts say north korea is maintaining a caution attitude over the
Dec 16, 2012 5:30pm PST
level against the yen. that's the highest level in about one year and eight months. on the tokyo foreign exchange, the dollar yen is now trading at 83.99 to 84.01. and the euro also surged against the yen. it's hovering at an all-time high. it's changing hands at 110.01 to 55. let's take a look at things in the stock market. for that we go to ramin mellegard at the new york stock exchange. the election brought big changes. what's happening there, ramin? >> yes, you've gone through some of the currency levels but let's have a look at the opening levels for the nikkei and the topix for december 16. very big gain for the nikkei, 9,888. it did break to 9,500 for a very brief time. we're still up above 1.5%. we've seen the nikkei rise up above a thousand points since the election in mid-november. many are betting we could see 10,000. we're just over 100 points off that. let's not forget there are a couple key issues which may cause some bumps in the road. let's not forget japan is in a technical recession and the reports, which we covered, did show a big drop in the number for the last quarte
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
purposes. >>> and businesses at tokyo's famous tsukiji fish market are facing changing times, so they are trying to adapt to stay on the tourist map. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." officials with the nuclear regulation authority found something unsettling you should a plant in northern japan. they say faults underneath it may be active. the discovery could keep the plant offline for an indefinite amount of time. nhk world reports. >> reporter: regulators looked into the ground at this nuclear plant and didn't like what they found. >> translator: we think that active faults exist under the compound and we conclude that there is no evidence to contradict that finding. >> reporter: the plant went online in 2005. the government approved the operators assessment but there were no active faults underground. executives at the electric power company argued that's still the case. they say a sift found under the compound was caused by groundwater, not seismic activity. and they say the faults have not moved recently. the executives try to prove their point by boring into the ground a
Dec 5, 2012 6:00am PST
technology has begun near tokyo. about 200 companies are taking part from japan, china and germany and several other countries. demand is growing in japan has power companies are now required to purchase renewable energy. but japanese solar makers lag behind overseas competitors in terms of profitability. this is one of the exhibitors. the japanese company is displaying solar panels with the world's highest level of power efficiency. it's trying to make a profit by selling solar panels as well as the electricity it generates. sharp is exhibiting a new product which is a combination of window glass and a solar battery. although it can be used on homes and office windows, it can generate only half the power of a regular solar panel. >>> more people in japan are planning to travel during the coming year end holidays. they're planning to travel for the first time in two years. this is due to the calendar that lets people take up to nine straight days. more than 30 million people have made reservations for either domestic or overseas trips from december 23 to november 3. reservations fo
Dec 24, 2012 7:00pm PST
's the highest lel in 24 months. the dollar yen is strading at 84.74 to 75 in tokyo. earlier the dollar hit 84.96 yen at one stage. investigato investors are buying yen. >> the central bank will face further pressure. >> we're going to get some more answers as the new administrati administration launches on wednesday. the ps is on. he's talking about revising the law to set target of 2%. >> we think the yen we think it's supporting for weaker yen. european debt concern should be eased things to esm. >> let's get a check on how tokyo stocks are reacting. it's currently at 10,094. a gain of 1.6% from friday's close. many analysts think the trend will continue. in other business headlines the rate of unpaid tensipensions inn hit a record high. around 26% or more than 4.5 million of those enrolled failed to pay premiums between april 2009 and march 2011. 74% said they couldn't pay because the premium is too high. 10% refuse to pay because they couldn't trust the system. the monthly premium is about $180. despite the increasing popularity of smart phones, japanese makers are expected to face anothe
Dec 24, 2012 5:30pm PST
. let's go to ramin mellegard who is at the tokyo stock exchange to get a check on how all of this is affecting tokyo markets. ramin, good morning. >> good morning to you. markets really keeping a close eye on the weaker yen here, and if it's going to weaken further, in fact, and really that's been leading to the gains in stocks that we've been seeing. i also need to keep an eye on the developments of the u.s. fiscal cliff and whether that's going to be resolved or not in the coming days. let's have a look at the opening levels for december 25. 10,000. we're back above that level today, 10r,097. for the nikkei, 10,098. with large volume, i may add coming from both domestic and foreign importers. also sectors who may benefit from the more expansive monetary policy measures that may be forthcoming such as banks and real estate sectors, too, so we'll follow those as well today. however, we should expect to see in trading a lot of key indexes across asia will be closed today, the hang sang as well as singapore and australian inde s indexes. but let's have a look at currency th
Dec 28, 2012 7:30am EST
for his administration. >>> stocks rallied here in tokyo, fukushima from the business team. they are here with more. >> the core index advanced for the fourth session in a row mainly on back of weaker yen, the japanese yen. the tokyo stock market closed the final session of 2012 at the year's highest level. investors are hoping prime minister shinzo abe's administration will tackle inflation and spur economic growth. a festive mood dominated at a ceremony that marked the end of trading for the year at the tokyo stock exchange. it topped the previous high for the previous year recorded on thursday. for the entire year the nikkei advanced 23%. this is the first time in three years that the key index has climbed above the previous year's closing level. >> we got a boost on february 14th, valentine's day when the bank of japan set in motion asset easing. that weakened the yen and pushed the nikkei to its initial year high at the end of march. greek debt worries and overall eurozone debt issues really began to come to nature in early april, gradually cutting into earlier gains and pushing the
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
believe it was an aftershock of the march 11th earthquake. we felt the tremor here in tokyo. buildings swayed for a number of minutes. local authorities in north eastern japan said the earthquake caused limited damage. nhk has learned that ten people were injured in four prefectures, including miyagi and ibaraki. more than 5,000 residents in coastal areas of miyagi prefecture evacuated to higher ground out of concern over tsunami. 15 flights at sendai airport in the northeast were canceled because the airport is in the tsunami zone. two nuclear power plants damaged in last year's quake, including the fukushima daiichi plant, did not suffer any damage. the powerful earthquake prompted local authorities to call for the evacuation of coastal areas in fukushima, miyagi, and iwate prefectures, but some residents say information about the quake and tsunami alert failed to reach them. >> translator: the shaking lasted for a long time. but i didn't hear any information from the municipality. i decided to evacuate on my own. >> translator: i'm all right now. >> translator: i ran away as soon as
Dec 7, 2012 7:00pm PST
, spokespersons believe it was an aftershock of the march 11th earthquake. we felt the tremor here in tokyo. buildings swayed for a number of minutes. local authorities in north eastern japan say the earthquake caused limited damage. nhk has learned that ten people were injured in four prefectures, including miyagi and ibaraki. more than 5,000 residents in coastal areas of miyagi prefecture evacuated to higher ground out of concern over tsunami. 15 flights at sendai airport in the northeast were canceled because the airport is in the tsunami zone. two nuclear power plants that were damaged in last year's quake, including the fukushima daiichi plant, did not suffer any damage. the powerful earthquake prompted local authorities to call for the evacuation of coastal areas in fukushima, miyagi, and iwate prefectures, but some residents say information about the quake and the tsunami alert failed to reach them. >> translator: the shaking lasted for a long time. but i didn't hear any information from the municipality. i decided to evacuate on my own. >> translator: i'm all right now. >> translato
Dec 25, 2012 7:00pm PST
. investors are selling yen on the tokyo foreign exchange on speculation policy makers at the bank of japan will agree to an inflation target proposed by the incoming administration. the new prime minister shinzo abe will take up office later in the day. analysts say the b.o.j. will likely further boost its monetary easing measures. the dollar is currently trading at 85.26-31 yen. ai uchida joins us now from the business desk for more on that. so ai, investors have been trading the dollar-yen quite dramatically over the last several weeks. >> that's right, catherine. just a month and a half ago that pair was trading in the mid 79-yen range. almost six whole yen weaker in just six weeks. a dramatic move indeed. so going forward, what can we expect? well, we spoke to disaburo nezo for his outlook. he is a senior executive fellow at fujitsu research institute. >> the yen's future is not so much the weakening but rather i think there would be some counterbalance. that is, already yen current rate, 85 yen per one dollar, is rather reasonable level. i think the japanese exporters have been worryi
Dec 3, 2012 7:00pm PST
. >>> investigators are trying to understand why highway tunnel near tokyo collapsed. panels gave way trapping people inside. nine people were killed. the accident happened sunday morning along a highway connecting tokyo to other parts of central japan. operators say both holding up concrete panels on the ceiling may have been defective. more than 300 panels fell. the debris covered a distance of more than 100 meters. three vehicles were trapped inside. firefighters say all three were buried. the tunnel was built in 1977 but no records exist of workers replacing the bolts and hooks that hold up the ceiling. >> reporter: it's about five meters of space between the tunnels and the top of the tunnel. it allows for air to flow in and out. metal fittings attached to the side of the tunnels and to the tunnels dome shapes top. each opportunity is 1.2 meters wide. they weigh about a ton. both are used to support the weight. the bolts are 23 centimeters long and embedded into the top of the tunnel. inspectors only did only a visual check. >> we regret we didn't check the parts and bolts at the tunnel by knock
Dec 6, 2012 7:00pm PST
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's friday december 7th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. japanese self-defense forces commanders have deployed personnel around southern islands. the defense minister has passed on the order to self-defense forces commanders. >> translator: we're preparing our defenses in accordance with that offer. >> north korean leaders plan to launch the rocket between december 10th through 22nd. the leaders of other countries say they are carrying out a test of a long range ballistic missile. the deployi ining surface to ai missiles throughout the region. the prime minister held a meeting with his ministers. he approved the order to mobilize the missile defense systems and shoot down any debris. this will be the third such order issued by the government. the last time was in april when north korea launched another rocket. it blew up less than two minutes after lift off. u.s. officers are also on alert. >> those ships are capable of participates in defense. we will go forward with that as we did in the last time. >> he said officers will be able to tra
Dec 19, 2012 6:00am PST
of celebrating her administration. >> thank you very much, kaho izumitani in seoul. >>> share prices in tokyo surged on wednesday. the benchmark index ended above the 10,000 level for the first time in 8 1/2 months. the nikkei index gained 2.4% oar 237 points and ended the day's session at 10,160. this is on expectations that the bank of japan may take additional monetary easing measures when the liberal democrats leader shinzo abe assumes power in a week. analysts say buy orders placed on a wide range of issues. export-related issues were also bought on hopes that u.s. democrats and republicans may reach an agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. >> translator: i think many people are pinning their hopes on mr. abe to revive the japanese economy, because his party won a landslide victory in the election. >> translator: i'm not sure whether this upbeat trend will continue or it's just temporary. i'm concerned the u.s. fiscal cliff may have a downward effect. >> market players are, for the time being, are cheering the bold monetary easing measures put guard by the democratic liberal par
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
for his administration. nhk world, tokyo. >>> china is building up its military presence in the asia pacific region. the question is how southeast asian countries will need with the neighbor's growing clout. we have details on different positions two countries are taking on china. >> nhk has obtained information that sheds light on the stances they are taking on china and we start with the philippines which is stationing marines on the spratly islands. nhk world reports. >> reporter: the philippines and china and malaysia and brunei claim sovereignty over all or some of the spratly's, high ranking military officers say their country has started to deploy marines in nine islands and shoals since september. the country had already stationed naval officers there. the military says personal numbers have almost doubled on some of the islands. before the deployment, the marines underwent training on protecting the islands and been equipped with upgraded weapons. philippines began expanding its military facility on the island to accommodate equipment and personnel for drills and other opera
Nov 30, 2012 7:00pm PST
>>> piling on the pressure. delegates to an international conference in tokyo agree on stronger sanctions against syria in their effort to stop its civil war. welcome to nhk world "newsline." representatives of nations putting the squeeze on the syrian government have met all over the world. their latest gathering brought them here to japan. the delegates worked on their strategy to push president bashar al assad out of office and ultimately end the bloodshed. on one hand, they're strengthening sanctions. on the other, they're reaffirming their support for opposition forces. nhk world's akira saheki reports. >> reporter: delegates from more than 60 countries are attending the conference, including representatives from the gulf region and the west. they've met several times before, but this is the first time they've gathered in asia. the japanese government hosted the conference to help broaden the base of international support for sanctions against syria. >> translator: the international community has been asking the syrian government to end the violence. but the assad regime is
Dec 13, 2012 7:00pm PST
customers. nhk world, tokyo. >>> well, let's get a check on the markets now. the dollar is slightly higher against want yen. dollar/yen at 83 the.68 to 72. the euro/yen is at 109.42 to 47. the impact of the weak results on currencies appears to be limited. the dollar hit an eight and a half month high against the yen. they say participants are buying dollars on speculation the bank of japan will take further monetary easing at its policy meeting next week after a similar move by the u.s. central bank. tokyo share prices are rolower this friday morning. they're trading at 9,714, a loss of almost one-third of a percent from thursday's close. analysts say investors move to take profits at the open following a recent rally, but many are sidelines ahead of the election on sunday and the boj policy meeting next week. in other markets in the asia-pacific the kospi is is trading lower. below that 2,000 line, 1,989 at the moment. in australia the benchmark index is trading flat, 4,585. we'll see where china related markets take us when they open over the next hour. >>> finance ministers from the 17
Dec 26, 2012 7:00pm PST
people in central tokyo what they expect from the abe administration. >> translator: i hope it will fix the economy and energize japan. >> translator: i want a new cabinet to use tax-free on the tsunami survivors. i really have a high expectation about this. >> translator: i want a new administration to listen to the voices of young people and do something new because nothing really seems to have changed. >> abe takes charge as japan is embroiled in some difficult relations with its neighbors. a former u.s. official hopes the new government will rebuild regional ties and those with the u.s. former deputy secretary of state james steinberg was a leading advocate for the asia pacific region. he welcomed abe's plan to make his the first foreign destination. >> i think there's no substitute for leader to leader discussions. given the delicacy and importance of issues in east asia now. >> steinberg expressed the concerns over the senkaku islands. japan controls the islands in the east china sea. china and taiwan claim them. >> the re-elected leader in the united states and new leaders in all
Dec 27, 2012 7:00pm PST
are suing the operator of the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. they claim tokyo electric power company issued misleading information after the disaster there last year and they claim they were exposed to radiation. the nine plaintiffs include eight members of the "uss ronald reagan," and they were deployed just off the plant shortly after the disaster. the plaintiffs filed their suit last week at the u.s. federal court in san diego. they argue that tepco officials misrepresented the dangers and gave them a false sense of security. the suit says that increased their risk of developing cancer. but it does not specify levels of radiation exposure. they're demanding the utility pay $10 million in damages to each of them and $220 million to set up a fund for future medical costs. tepco officials say they have not yet seen the details of the case. >>> new year postcards are an essential part of the ritual of seeing in the new year in japan. sent to friends, family and associates, they're delivered on the morning of january 1 and hold a special significance. in iwate, one woman is drawing on
Dec 4, 2012 6:00am PST
of the establishment could support what are known as the third force. former tokyo governor shintaro ishihara leads the restoration party. its candidates are asking voters why they would return power to the ldp simply because they are dissatisfied with the dpj. restoration party candidates promised that they would change japan fundamentally. they have attracted followers with promises to lessen the role of government and promote more free-market competition. but, you know, we are only on day one, so we are going to have to wait and see how all these factors play out. >> and that was nhk world's masayo nakajima. >>> joushgen government officials say authorities in their neighbor to the north are another step closer to launching a long-range ballistic missile. they say crews in north korea may have finished installing the first two stages of a three-stage missile and could be hard at work on the third. the officials say it's all unfolding at a launch pad at tong chongry in the northwestern part of the country. they know preparations are going faster than suspected. north korean leaders have said they
Dec 18, 2012 6:00am PST
to form a coalition government. abe met in tokyo with the new komeito leader. he wants to establish a stable coalition. he said the parties should start specific policy talks and reach an aagreement before an extraordinary session of the diet. law enforcements gather on december 26th to vote for the next prime minister, a vote abe is certain to win. abe and yamaguchi agreed their budget should have a budget for this fiscal year as soon as possible to boost japan's economy. >> translator: considering the challenges japan faces in such areas as the economy and national security, we can't wait until the diet session to start working on launching the new administration. >> the policy chiefs of the ldp and new komeito will now start fauki talking. they will formalize their agreement ahead of the diet session. >> abe made a move on the economic front. he met with the bank of japan governor to push for a higher inflation target. he visited ldp headquarters on tuesday. during the meeting abe urged him to consider setting a policy accord for a 2% inflation target a. the new administration is
Dec 5, 2012 7:00pm PST
in tokyo. >>> authorities in north korea are pressing ahead with plans to launch what they call a rocket. south korean government officials say their neighbors are sending up a missile. they say it has a range of more than 10,000 kilometers capable of reaching the u.s. west coast. experts used data from previous launches to make their estimate. they say a missile launched in 2009 had a range of almost 7,000 kilometers. north korean officials tried again in april. the rocket exploded shortly after takeoff. but the first booster burned 18 seconds longer than those used in previous attempts. the experts believe engineers may have succeeded in reducing the size of a nuclear warhead. south korean officials say workers have completed the assembly of the three-stage missile. they say once the crew injects the fuel, it will be ready to go. authorities in pyongyang say they've launch between the 10th and 22nd of this month. they say they're sending a satellite into orbit. but leaders of japan and other countries believe the north koreans are carrying out a test of a long-range ballistic missile.
Dec 11, 2012 7:00pm PST
markets are performing. tokyo's main stock index broke 9,600 for the first time in 7 1/2 months at the open. it's currently trading right below that at 9,570, still a gain of 0.5% from tuesday's close. an overnight rally overseas is fueling market sentiment. a weaker yen's also lifting export-related issues. let's take a look at the currency markets. the euro is higher against the yen. euro/yen is currently quoted at 107.36-40. the euro's advance is due to a good result in a german business sentiment survey. the dollar/yen remains tight ahead of the fed's policy meeting which ends on wednesday. market players are waiting to see whether the fed will ease further. dollar/yen currently quoted at 82.58-60. let's take a look at other markets in the asia-pacific. south korea's kospi, that's trading higher by 0.20%, 1,968. taking a look at australia, the benchmark index there is trading higher by 0.3%, 4,589. >>> china has become the world's biggest processor of patent applications, overtaking the u.s. for the first time last year. the world intellectual property organization says chin
Dec 18, 2012 7:30am EST
trading higher by 0.25% perform dax is up 0.30% and cac is down 0.6%. >>> tokyo shares continued to benefit from a weak yen but a recent rally in chinese stocks kept investors from snapping up shares further. tok tokyo's nikkei ended up over 0.9% after nearly reaching the key 10,000 yen level. in china shanghai composite ended up 0.1%, while hong kong's hang seng slipped just about 0.1%. in india, the sensex closed up about 0.7%. >>> the dollar is little changed against the yen. traders are awaiting the outcome of the boj's two-day policy meeting start wednesday. dollar/yen changing hands at 83.87. euro/yen 110.50. they say a meeting between ldp and boj governor appears limit. >>> foreign direct investment in china fell in november for the sixth straight month due to global uncertainties. a chinese commerce ministry spokesperson said on tuesday that overseas companies invested $8.3 billion in building factories and other projects last month. that's down 5.4% from a year ago. foreign district investment for the first 11 months of this year was $100 billion. that's a decrease of 3.
Dec 3, 2012 6:00am PST
japanese territory. >>> investigators are trying to understand why a highway tunnel near tokyo collapsed. panels on the tunnel's ceiling gave way, trapping people inside. nine people were killed. the accident happened sunday morning along a highway connecting tokyo to other parts of central japan. operators say bolts holding up concrete panels on the ceiling may have been defective. the operators say more than 300 panels suddenly fell. the debris covered a distance of more than 100 meters. the tunnel itself runs almost five kilometers. three vehicles were trapped inside. firefighters say two of them were buried in the rubble. one caught fire. highway officials say the tunnel was built in 1977, but no records exist of workers replacing the bolts and hooks that hold up the ceiling. the collapse happened just after 8:00 in morning. people were out enjoying a day off or heading to work. investigators say as many as 25 vehicles were in the tunnel at the time. an nhk reporter was in one of the vehicles. yoshio goto narrowly avoided being crushed. he used the camera on his mobile phone to captu
Dec 7, 2012 2:00am PST
right now near tokyo, a powerful earthquake hit off the coast. a tsunami warning is issuedment we'll go live to japan straight ahead. >>> plus talk about your deadlines. today we are seven days from congress going on holiday and 25 days from plunging off the edge of the fiscal cliff. >>> the "new york post" photographer who took the picture of the man in the subway tracks before he was hit sits down to tell his side of the story. we'll hear from him this hour on cnn. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. breaking new's massive earthquake in japan. it happened off the coast of japan, about 300 miles northeast of tokyo you can see on the tower cam that we are going to buildings swayed for several minutes there. let's go to alex zolbert live in tokyo what can you tell us? >> this happened friday evening b an hour and a half ago. an unnerving scene. a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. as we understand it, this came along the same fault line that triggered that massive tsunami in march of 2011. we have been watching al
Dec 18, 2012 7:00pm PST
students crowded into this recruitment seminar in tokyo. the company publishes free magazines and has only about 400 employees. until recently small firms such as this one often struggled to attract any students to seminars at this university. nami kitajima has been looking for sales work. she says she doesn't care about the size or fame of the company. >> translator: i'm not looking at how big the firm is. the issue is whether i can grow personally through the company. >> reporter: traditionally, most students have tried to land jobs at leading firms. the belief was that those companies will provide stable work. but that was before giants such as sharp and sony laid off thousands of workers this year. university officials say the performances of big firms are behind the change in attitudes among students. >> translator: students are no longer sure what to trust. they now focus on whether they can demonstrate their ability to the full instead of caring about company names. >> reporter: a survey by the job research institute suggests students are changing their approach. a majority of them
Dec 7, 2012 4:00am PST
plant has not been damaged. the quake was felt as far south as tokyo. lucy craft is in tokyo. what can you tell us? >> reporter: no reports of damage or injury. it's still way too early. we have a tsunami warning. the tide is about three feet or two meters or one meter, i should say. very interesting, this time the warnings came very fast and furious. the announcer was yelling at people to get to higher ground. big difference this year. >> we were watching in our newsroom as the alerts came in. what did you feel, what did you experience there? was it anything noticeable? >> i was talking to someone on the phone and she said she should get off the phone, this is a big one. my windows were rattling. my pictures, i thought i was going to have to grab them before they fell off. fortunately they didn't. a much more powerful earthquake than we're used to. >> early indications, are you seeing people taking this seriously? what has the response been from people? >> you know, tokyo, again we're pretty far away from the area where the tsunami and the major magnitude was felt this time around but
Dec 7, 2012 4:00am EST
in the same area that was devastated by that tsunami back in 2011. we are live in tokyo with the very latest. >>> we get a critical snapshot of the economy this morning. when we'll learn if hurricane sandy also devastated the nation's job market. >>> incredible crash. a jewelry store gets a drive-through. an employee inches from a very different outcome. >>> and 24/7? is round-the-clock shopping the next trend in holiday retailing? one megadepartment store is betting on it. >>> good friday morning, everyone. we do begin with breaking news out of japan right now. a strong earthquake hit the northeastern part of the country this morning. and it has triggered a tsunami warning. >> the quake measured a 7.3. it was centered in the pacific ocean. it was strong enough to cause buildings to sway in tokyo for several minutes. abc's akiko fujita is in tokyo with the very latest by phone. high, akiko. >> reporter: you're right. this quake hit about 5:18 p.m. local time. this is the largest quake we have felt in tokyo this year. to give you an idea of the intensity, in japan, they have a one to seven sc
Dec 11, 2012 6:00am PST
-alignment and it's prompted voters to realign their thinking about the role of nuclear energy. nhk world, tokyo. >> our coverage leading up to sunday's general election will continue all this week. our focus on wednesday is the biggest job's gentlems japan's t generation are face, rebuilding the northeast after last year's disaster. >>> nhk world's special coverage of japan's general election is a click or tap away. on december 10th we add a host of features on our web and mobile sites. you'll find backgrounds and analysis plus in depth reports on the issues that could define the campaign to disaster recovery and foreign affairs and more. get online and get informed. >>> chinese authorities are going all out to promote the art and culture worldwide. there's a snag. the government's idea of art is at odds with the artist's view. it all boils down to freedom of expression. some artists say that means free to express the government's point of view. nhk world reports. >> reporter: in the quiet of his office, one of china's favorite political cartoonists is creating. he draws exclusively for a newsp
Dec 14, 2012 6:00am PST
a rocket to put a satellite into space. but political leaders in tokyo, seoul and washington say what they were doing was testing technology for long range ballistic missile. tension, uncertainty, opportunity. just some of the reasons why u.s. leaders are moving forward with what they call a pivot towards the asia-pacific. >> the united states is turning our attention to the vast potential of the asia-pacific region. >> reporter: japanese leaders will need to rework their policies as the u.s. shifts its focus. they see a host of geopolitical challenges around them with few easy solutions. nhk world, tokyo. >>> a storm has been hovering above samoa. we've been following that story and the rest of the weather around the globe. robert? >> yes. we've been continuing the watch, bringing some very gusty winds, even flooding rains here over samoa. really the big threat is it is dropping an abundant amount of rainfall and even storm surge right along the north portions of samoa. winds kicking up at this time. continue to trek off to the west. so still going impactsiing the rest save mowa. gra
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
. the first group of 33 members of the self-defense forces arrived at narita airport in tokyo on monday. government officials decided earlier this month to recall the peacekeepers earlier than planned. securing their safety had become difficult because of the civil war in syria. defense ministry officials say the remaining 14 members will wrap up their mission by mid-january. >>> japan first sent sdf personnel to the golan heights in 1996 as part of a united nations mission to monitor the cease-fire between syria and israel. members have been transporting supplies and providing logistic support. >>> a truck rammed into a bus in pakistan on sunday. police suspect it was an act of sec say sectarian violence. the bus burst into flames, killing at least 19 people. 25 people were hurt and are being treated in the hospital. police say the truck was loaded with explosives. witnesses say its driver appeared to have targeted the bus. shiite muslims were headed to a pilgrimage. new york human base watch says attacks on minority shias are on the rise in pakistan. more than 300 shias have been kill
Dec 4, 2012 5:00pm PST
a check on markets. tokyo share prices are trading in a narrow range. the nikkei is down 1/4 of a percent at 9,409, a loss of 24 points from tuesday's close. they're sidelining after taking profits if recent gainers at the open. they're refraining from major moves to confirm the next steps in the u.s. budget talks. the obama administration and opposition republicans remain at odds over how to avert the falling off the fiscal cliff. let's take a look at currency markets. the dollar is also little change against the yen as u.s. budget talks continue. dollar/yen is in the upper 81 levels, 81.88 to 90. the euro, that is higher against the yen, 107.27 to 30 at the moment. worries are reseeding over eurozone debts. let's take a look at other markets in the apple open. kospi is trading flat on the day, 1,934. looking at australia, the benchmark index is trading higher by 1/10 of a percent, 4,508. modest moves so far this morning in the asia pacific. >>> japan and india launched a new framework to provide bilateral credit in u.s. dollars. the aim is to ease the impact of possible turmoil in the g
Dec 3, 2012 4:00pm PST
concrete slabs in the tunnel smashed on to cars. that started a fire on the main route from tokyo to central japan. we report now on that story. >> only this morning, the mangled wreckage of three vehicles was brought -- early this morning, the mangled wreckage of three vehicles was brought from the tunnel. last came a small delivery truck. the driver had been trapped, but alive. by the time rescuers got to him, he was dead. the collapsed tunnel lies deep in the mountains of central japan, just to the north of mount fuji. it is part of the expressway that links tokyo to central and western japan. the tunnel itself is nearly 5 kilometers or 3 miles long. engineers are trying to work out what went wrong. what caused the huge concrete ceiling segments to suddenly give away and crashed to the road below 0-- and crash to the road below? and why had the tunnel past the city in best -- passed the safety inspection just months ago? >> they will quickly take measures to prevent similar accidents. >> that work began with a hammer and chisel. across japan, there are thought to be at least 49
Dec 10, 2012 7:00pm PST
>>> welcome to "newsline." it's tuesday, december 11th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. the president tried to calm public anger by giving him wide powers. he rejected the call to scrap the referendum on saturday. they called for large scale demonstration on tuesday. morsi's islamist supporters have been besieging a tv station critical of the president. they continue their protest sit-in outside the building. observers in cairo say pro and anti-morsi demonstrators are likely to clash once again. concerns are rising the military may interfere in the event of any confrontation. shouting slogans and holding up signs. >>> kyoto professor shinya yamanaka has collected his medal for this year's nobel prize in physiology and medicine. for their work with stem cells that can be programmed to become cells in a human body. shefed his medal in a ceremony hall. yamanaka was introduced as someone who has provided the world with an invaluable method of developing therapies. sweden's king carl gustov xvi awarded him the prize. after the ceremony, yamanaka said he enjoyed the ceremony,
Dec 17, 2012 7:00pm PST
. tokyo is a different story. your high in seoul is expected to be only minus 4 on wednesday. tokyo should be cooling down to 8 degrees tomorrow. on the western size of asia stronger cold air from central russia is producing lots of he have snow and also lower than average temperatures. this is the footage coming out of ukraine. ef snow has caused numerous car accident and people are busy shoveling snow off roads. conditions are improving in eastern europe. lower than average temperatures will remain throughout the day. out toward the west turning quite wet and windy across the british isles as well as the western continent and severe weather is happening across the eastern half of the mediterranean countries. this is due to frigid air colliding with warmer air from the south. minus 14 in moscow. that's about ten degrees cooler than seasonal. minus 11 in kiev. further down toward the south pacific ocean we've been tracking severe cyclone evan. this system has produced 200 millimeters of rain. the good news is that it should weaken and go down towards the south. conditions will gradually im
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